Conventional Loans

Waterstone Mortgage Conventional Loans

Conventional loans are often referred to as “conforming loans,” because they meet the guidelines set by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. The most notable guideline is that the maximum loan amount is $424,100 (except in high-cost areas where higher limits may be available).


What Are the Advantages of Conventional Financing?

There are several benefits of conventional financing, including:

  • You can buy a primary residence, second home, or rental property with most conventional loans
  • You have the choice of fixed rates, adjustable rates (ARMs), and loan-term options from 10-30 years
  • Down payments are as low as 3%
  • You pay no monthly mortgage insurance with a down payment of 20% or more
  • Mortgage insurance costs less than with government loans and may be cancelled when your home equity reaches 20%

Did you know? More than half of all mortgage loans are conventional loans and that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are the two largest investors

Are Conventional Loans Realistic for First-Time Homebuyers?

If you’re a first-time homebuyer and are struggling to save up for a large down payment on a home, the Conventional 97% program may be just what you need. It can be a great alternative, and is often more affordable than FHA loans. With a Conventional 97% Program, you can:

  • Finance up to 97% of the home’s value, with down payments as low as 3%
  • Use gift funds for your down payment
  • Get lower mortgage insurance rates if you attend home counseling and meet specific income limits

Learn More about the Conventional Loan Application Process

Contact Waterstone Mortgage today, and a qualified home loan professional will walk you through the loan application process and answer any questions that may arise.

We make it our goal to find the right loan for each homebuyer’s needs.


All loan requests are subject to credit approval as well as specific loan program requirements and guidelines. With Adjustable Rate Mortgage loans, the rate is variable and may increase or decrease every year after the initial fixed rate period based on changes to an index. This could result in an increase in the monthly payment.